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Prophacy (gothic night)

Prophacy is not a newbie in the professional recording and music industry. From the music production and dedication to the work and music, Prophacy has definitely left a stamp in the music industry and community with cutting edge songs and lyrics. Do not sleep on the artist because the musician and entrepreneur might just have something up their sleeve that is purely unexpected. And the card that he’s playing is a self-branded sound that he’s calling “venture sound.”

The lyrical powerhouse from the Midwest can only be described as a hybrid of classical, r&b, hip hop, and rock sprinkled with a hint of gothic seasoning. Being named one the most stunning vocal stage performers in hip hop today, he’s gained recognition and has worked with notable artists like Chino XL, Tech N9ne, and Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony). He’s not only a beast on stage, his off stage savvy has led him to being a registered ASCAP publisher/writer and knowledgeable of the business.

The 2015 Omaha Hip Hop Awards winner, for best original album is currently working on a couple music videos and photo shoot projects along with recording in studio for an upcoming free EP titled Mystic Musical Messenger. As a treat to all his listeners, on March 26, 2016 he debuted the hard-copy/physical album version of his album The Descent: Trip VI0VII. Prophacy’s in the progress of a complete overhaul and promo campaign that’s aiming to strike awareness of his music and brands he affiliates with. According to him, he ultimately he seeks to “create music that touches and teaches while being able to be my own boss and make enough income to provide for my family.”

Official website: www.thisprophacy.com
Soundcloud: prophacyscripts

Graffiti On The Wall Magazine

  PROPHACY

                                 

G: Welcome! Ok so you hail from the Midwest. Set the scene and tell us what Hip Hop was like for you growing up?
P: Hip-Hop for me growing up, was major. The easiest way that I could get across the importance it possessed to me personally, is to say that Hip-Hop was and still is my SAVIOR!

In comparison though. Sadly, the Midwest overall in general isn't a very good place for Hip-Hop or mass support. It is largely overlooked by those outside of the area. The situation is even worse within when you combine the separation, hating and segregation. We seem to lack identity as an music region, most aspiring rappers from around here simply try to follow trends from other places in hopes that they can catch a ride and get on.

There is no real music mecca area for Hip-Hop in the Midwest, only certain entities that if lucky have accomplished something substantial enough to make a little bit of noise and monetary gain for themselves. There is however a handful of very talented artist whom are very talented and focused, it just takes more than talent and focus to make it coming out of the Midwest. It takes a strong steady grind and touring outside of the area which is what I'm doing currently and have done before. I hope that more of my Midwest brethren take heed and follow me, become business men / woman as well as artist.


G: Your music blends a little bit of everything from Rock, Classical, R&B, Hip Hop and more. Did you grow up with all of those musical influences or did you come to identify with them as you became an artist?
P: Yes, my style has become a double-edge sword for me hahaha. It sets me apart from everybody else in my area, also from 99.9% of the game period. The downside is that in today's world where people are conditioned on following trends and riding similar sounds. A unique sound like mine catches most people off gaurd, they actually have to truly listen and appreciate what I'm saying. I'm not playing the safe route, I was blessed with the skill and the spirit to go against the grain and earn my own spot the fair way.

Ask anybody that knows me, I always say "I am a child of MUSIC". I'm not just a Hip-Hop baby (word to Bone Thugs~N~Harmony). I grew up listening to everything from the Eagles to Marvin Gaye, to Michael Jackson to Rakim and so on. I also have in my collection and listen to Classical / Orchestral music and also Score music from video games and films, which I feel add to my theatrical sound and stage appearance. I am a very complex spirit, I feel like different genres speak to different sides of myself. Country is honestly the only genre that I really can't vibe with and therefore have never dipped into because I refuse to force music.


G: Take us back to when it all began. When did you discover being an artist was what you wanted?
P: I have loved music even before I was actually born to this world from what my mother says haha. Writing / drawing became a way for me to express my feelings at a young age, I was a very closed-in person due to negative things that had happened in life, so writing and music were my forms of escapism.

The first time I really tried to put the two together was back when I was about 6 years old while in a children’s group home called Children’s Square. I can clearly remember the man on staff that day, his name was Mr. Shobe, he told me about this talent show the group home had coming up and how “maybe you should try putting your writing and love for music together!?”. Which I ended up doing, and that led me to winning 1st place my very first time performing live on my own. That is where everything started churning within. I loved the feeling of being on stage and performing music.


G: Tell us how the challenges you’ve faced have affected your music? What can we expect to experience while listening to it?
P: Since even before I came out of the birth canal, my existence was under the harm and scrutiny of the world. I was conceived under not so positive conditions, my mother at the time was a young lost soul whom became entrusted with a man who happened to be a Pimp, for which she began prostituting with and for. I was conceived out of one of their personal unions. So of course I really wasn't wanted and sort of a dark little secret, which was made even worse by the fact that my mother was a Caucasian young woman and my father, was an older black man. So that caused problems and would for some time after my birth, both within family and of course in general society coming up in the Midwest during the 80's. So I came out and knew pretty early on about some of the very real problems that exist in this world. I guess I would say that my eyes were opened from a younger age than most. Hell some people in their 40's and 50's still aren't enlightened.

I have survived every kind of abuse that this world can hand out, that survival has given me a very focused and strong base. I use myself as a martyr, a tool and example to help give my listeners a realistic clear picture of not only the world, but also what a human can become with work no matter what they've been through. My music is ME and the knowledge I've gained from life, nothing is faked or fronted, and I don't make senseless songs (dance, bling, swag, bottle poppin', stripper type shit). My music is really about speaking and hopefully teaching about different things and situations that are going on within this world. Sometimes they are darker tinted like my track "Rats & Roaches", sometimes they are light hearted like my track "Sistas Stand Up". One of my songs that stands out to me off my new album is "Where Did Our Love Go", which touches on everything from governmental / war issues, to poverty and sexism.


I want to inspire people to question what they think they know, I want to inspire people to become the best person they can be, and I want to let the people whom feel like they are outcasts know that it is ok to be different and being unique is something that they should cherish in today’s world regardless of outside persecution. Everything that I believe in shows in my music, my music is me whether somebody likes it or not, and trust me when I say that some people don’t. It doesn’t stop me though, and I promise it never will.   


G: You’ve worked alongside some of the game’s most respected MCs. What was that like? What did it do for you confidence when it comes to the industry?
P: It has been a blessing to not only work with, but also earn the mutual respects of some of my personal favorite artists. Bizzy Bone was the first that I got to meet personally and we just clicked right away, we have went through very similar things in life including sexual abuse as children, so to be able to talk with him and work with him between 2002 - 2011 was incredible. Tech N9ne and a few others came along over the years. I actually fucked with Tech and Strange Music hard for a few years performing with them on multiple tours, there was talk of taking things further with them back around 2009 but it all fell flat and I really haven't been in contact with them since the K.O.D. Tour

Most recently I have connected with my brotha Chino XL, whom in my opinion is the best lyricist in the game period. It was a blessing to open up for him a couple times, even better was having him bless my new album on our track "T.A.G.L.A.Y.". Beyond the music he is the most down to earth person I have met who is a star and a legend in this music game concerning Hip-Hop. We have become pretty close and talk / text on a regular basis; I would call him a friend, which is crazy haha. We have some future plans but I can't speak on it too much. Let's just say he has been a great blessing.

I have always had confidence in self, so not much has changed there concerning what I have or haven't done concerning artists that I've worked with. I will say though, that after getting props from Strange Music / Bone Thugs / Chino XL... Anything any of these no named haters say definitely don't mean a thing at all, who are you bro!? Haha


G: If you could collab with anyone who would it be? Why?
P: Krayzie Bone. He is probably my biggest influence in Hip-Hop. His style, his delivery, his words and messages, his consistency... FLAWLESS


G: Let’s talk about the business side of being an artist. You seem to have more business knowledge than the average indie artist right now. How important is it for an artist both signed and unsigned to know the business of this industry? Do you feel like that’s the downfall to many upcoming artists?
P: I could get into this so deep that it'd probably take forever. I feel that knowing what you are doing and getting yourself into is very important in any aspect of life; the same applies to the music industry. On a major level it is important to know as much as you can so that you don't find yourself in situations where you are being took, it happens a lot and it's probably happened somewhere down the line to a lot of peoples favorite artist. Some of these agents and labels will slowly rape artists of everything they have while keeping them captivated with gold plated dreams. Nobody is exempt from falling victim, it's happened to N.W.A., Prince, Guns 'N' Roses, Warren G and so many more.

On the indie / underground level. I believe that having at least some sort of business sense, it what keeps you ahead of the crowd. It also shows that you care about your presence in the game. Taking the steps to register your publishing or getting your barcodes signed up with Nielsen Soundscan and so on, are things that people can see and are reputable as far as showing that you are at least a blip on the official radar. Distribution and Promotion are the two biggest things that set apart underground artists from majors. Major artists have a team of people putting down money and connects to make sure that their artist are heard and seen everywhere, it really has nothing to do with talent when the majority of people will simply go with who they can see that seems like the big thing at the time. So learning about and broadening what distribution options you may be able to achieve, or allowing yourself a modest budget to set aside for promoting your material through various outlets can only help spread your reach and relativity.

One thing that underground artist should really understand right now, is that the days of selling out of your trunk in your hood and making a big local noise will only get you that far, those days are over. Digital distribution is a huge thing right now for better or worse. It has given us independents a chance to sell and share our music with people all around the world, and also the chance to be seen alongside the major artists. I myself have made sure that my new self-titled album is available through about 30 digital retailers (Amazon, Google Play Music, iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, etc.), alongside a few physical retailers whom sell hardcopies (Homer's Music, CD Baby). So if you can align yourself with good distribution, promote yourself as much as you can in different areas around the map, produce a product that is good quality and registered... Your chances of being heard and actually making substantial monetary gain off of your works will improve greatly, I promise.


G: If you could describe today’s Hip Hop in one word what would it be?
P: Persevering= Meaning that real "Hip-Hop" still exists and it is still glorious. It has just been covered up by coatings of commercial Rap to the average head in the masses. Hip-Hop is fighting to return to the top though, and it is working because more and more people are getting sick of the same old mind numbing ABC radio rap songs.


G: Where do you see yourself in five years?
P: Living out farther West (Colorado, Nevada, California) with my oldest 2 daughters, possibly a Queen by my side haha. Living solely off of my music business and touring revenue being signed to modest deal from a larger indie label. While that is going on my spare time will be spent with my setting up my own studio and legit label. I'd also like to go to school and study to be a Behavioral Health Technician so that I can work with troubled young teens and adolescents. I feel that coming from the life of foster homes / group homes / placements; I might be able to help them from their level while also showing them that they can indeed grow far beyond their current state of life into much evolved positive motivated people. Show them that strength can be found through conquering weakness.


G: So far, what’s your favorite part of being an artist? Least favorite?
P: My absolute favorite thing about being an artist is honestly getting to see and hear how my story and messages affect others in such profound and positive ways. I have had the chance to talk with and even work with people from multiple counties, all due to my music and being an artist. Being an artist has allowed me and my life to become something so much bigger than just myself, it is humbling and a grand blessing.

The worst thing would have to be the alienation that it creates in various forms. A true artists mind works in completely different ways from the average persons. Things are interpreted differently and critically analyzed and broke down. We are also misunderstood a lot of the time due to thinking / talking differently upon subjects than most people. Being an artist can also make a relationship hard, especially if you’re an actively working one whom travels and hits the road a lot. It is hard to find a woman that wants to, and can deal with that type of pressure and distance, even if trust is high.


G: Tell us what you have coming up and where we can keep up with it!?
P: Before we bring this to an end. I would just like to take a moment to say thank you to Kira Ming along with the Graffiti On The Wall Magazine staff, simply for having me and taking the time to interview me and review my album. A lot of work has gone into creating a true piece of music that fans of Hip-Hop and true music period can hopefully appreciate.

My main focus right now is pushing this new "Prophacy" album as much as possible, I want everybody to at least take a chance to hear it out and form their own honest opinion. I along with my comrade Guerrilla X plan on setting up a small tour for the able so hopefully some of those who are reading this may be able to catch me live in their area and see for themselves what the real deal is. I will be re-releasing my 2009 debut album "The Descent" sometime during the first 1/3 of the year in 2015. We also have around 3 music videos and a couple singles that will be released for the "Prophacy" album during 2015. I really hope that everyone who sees this will take just a few minutes of their time to head over to my official website www.ThisProphacy.com and feel me out. My website opens the doors to everything that is, Prophacy. So come listen to my tracks, see my videos, see links to all of my social sites, get to know who I am and what I'm about through the different text pages or photos. I also have a few great artists and models who I work with whom are featured, so you may enjoy them also. It's all about love and support, unity is the only way that we shall all rise! BLESS BROTHAS & SISTAS


G: It was our pleasure! We will be looking out!

SayHeyThereMusic.com

Midwest-born, independent emcee and producer Prophacy chose Halloween as the day to drop his self-titled, full-length album. And for someone who likes to intertwine darker elements into his music, is there really any better time?

Prophacy creates the setting of the album in a futuristic, possibly post-apocalyptic world that, according to the man himself, is building the conceptual foundation for multiple projects to extend beyond this album. In the theatrical introduction, you hear space and time scavengers finding Prophacy, a lost, unheard relic that the old world (a metaphor for mainstream music and its drones) tried to bury. The commander of the squad goes to decipher the files, and the music recordings begin to play.

“At first the system doesn’t work correctly so everything becomes reversed and scrambled, then all of a sudden the file starts playing correctly which allows you to hear a snippet of my being involved in a plane crash,” Prophacy explains. “The plane crash, along with the demonic laugh afterwards, was meant to get across that my dying in the crash and not being able to release this music to the world was all part of this corrupt world’s plan. The negative energies of the world were afraid to let such an album bringing real messages into the light, so they conspired in the plot of my death in hopes that none of this would ever see the light of day? Which worked until the year 3015, when the crew happened to find these Artifacts of Prophacy.”

Dramatic? Yes. Awesome? Definitely. As an imaginative artist with a message who doesn’t pretend to try to appeal to a mainstream audience, it’s Prophacy’s way of existing and creating in a world where the majority of its inhabitants simply don’t care about the message behind the music.

The 23-track, feature-heavy record starts off with rich, hard-hitting rap tracks, gothic features, and even a nu metal song, transitioning into a more R&B feel, making it a melting pot of genres that at first glance you wouldn’t expect to mix well together, and yet Prophacy pulls it off.

“Since the album’s story points out that what the listener is hearing are artifacts of Prophacy, I thought that the album should show and possess all of the different sides of myself: thug, goth, lover and artist.”

And with soundbite interludes scattered throughout the rest of the album that contribute to the the record’s underlying concept, Prophacy pulls everything together in a cohesive way despite having many hands on deck.

Sounds Like

No two tracks sound the same, but parts of the album are reminiscent of old school Tech N9ne, Kottonmouth Kings, Bone Thugs, Ludacris, and Three 6 Mafia, with a few surprises thrown in-between, such as the nu metal track entitled “Feeding Sins While Dying Within.” The genre-mixing and contributions from various producers don’t sway the album’s sound, but rather add to the album’s mystique and keep it interesting from track to track.

Highlights

“Here I Come”
For anyone who hasn’t heard Prophacy, the first song off the album will open you up to his flow (it’s the realest) and the talent you can expect to be carried throughout the rest of the experience.

“Rats & Roaches”
Guaranteed to go straight to the core of anyone who likes hard beats and the group vibe with guest emcees Sep Tari and Double O, who slay the song.

“T.A.G.L.A.Y.”
This is a hard, loud, anthemic track that thrusts speed rap into the limelight and also forays into the group vibe, featuring Chino XL, Reckless, and Gravity.

“The King and The Prophet”
This slick collaboration with King James brings slow beats, killer raps, and a deep sound (with just a touch of creepy).

“Artist of Purpose”
This song is about spreading a message with music and enlightening the people, complete with catchy hook and guest cameos from Guerrilla X and Cameo Holliday.

“A Better Way”
This happy, upbeat, track featuring Asheia will remind you of Ludacris’s “Spur of the Moment.” Throw on this track on a day when you’re feeling extra fresh, like that time you paid off a Cadillac car note.

“AlphaOmegaInfinite”
This is the jam! One of the album’s strongest songs, this collaboration with Danny Che is on point in every aspect and will have some of the most respected artists in the game turning their heads (and have you turning on the repeat button).

“Where Did Our Love Go?”
This haunting, ambient, creative song is a gem with layers that you’ll keep rediscovering long after the first time you push play.

“Midwest Pledge of Allegiance”
If you’re from the Midwest, it’s an unspoken rule that you must love any song that pays homage to this part of the country, especially the heart. The song (featuring Sade Townsell) starts out with a slower R&B feel, but when that bass kicks in, it will become one of your favorite songs to bump to in your ride.

Breakdown

Prophacy is fresh, tight, and keeps things interesting with the fusion of multiple genres that can only come from a person who is influenced by many sounds and wants to create music that’s genuine to him and caters to all of his inspirations.

Get the Music

You can now order the album through Google Play and CD Baby, and make sure to check out the new thisprophacy.com for everything Prophacy.

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